Curtain Raiser to National Trade Fair- Organics & Millets 2017

Department of Agriculture, Government of KARNATAKA announces NATIONAL TRADE FAIR – ORGANICS & MILLETS – 2017

The Curtain Raiser Program of ‘Organics and Millets 2017- National Trade fair’ was held yesterday at the Senate Hall, The Capitol Hotel, Raj Bhavan Road,Bengaluru. 

Hon’ble Minister Sri Krishna Byre Gowda, Minister for Agriculture, Govt. of Karnataka graced the occasion along with other dignitaries. This is the idea of G Satish, I.F.S. Commissioner for Agriculture,Department of Agriculture to organise such large scale Trade Fair with a focus on ancient millet’s.This curtain raiser set the tone of ”Organics and Millets 2017″ and build a great deal of anticipation and interest within the organic community.

 

Department of Agriculture, Govt. of Karnataka in association with ICCOA will host ‘National Trade Fair – Organics and Millets-2017 during April 28 – 30, 2017 at Palace Grounds, Bengaluru. Karnataka State Agricultural Produce Processing and Export Corporation Ltd (KAPPEC) is the co-organiser and International Competence Centre of Organic Agriculture (ICCOA) is the Knowledge Partner of this national event.

The Fair will be inaugurated by Hon’ble Chief Minister of Karnataka, Shri Siddaramaiah in the presence of the Hon’ble Minister for Agriculture (GoI), Shri Radha Mohan Singh, Hon’ble Minister for Agriculture, GoK, Sri Krishna Byre Gowda and other National and State dignitaries.

The Trade fair will be a common platform for networking besides exchanging expertise & knowledge. For Karnataka, it will provide an opportunity to show case its organic wealth, diversity and the overall competence of farmers/farming groups including from different states. Over 10000 visitors across trading community, farmers and general public will converge on this showpiece event.

State Government had brought out separate policy on organic farming during the year 2004. Since then State Agriculture Department Department of Agriculture, Government of KARNATAKA announces

NATIONAL TRADE FAIR – ORGANICS & MILLETS – 2017

 Bangalore, March 11, 2017: Department of Agriculture, Govt. of Karnataka in association with ICCOA will host ‘National Trade Fair – Organics and Millets-2017 during April 28 – 30, 2017 at Palace Grounds, Bengaluru. Karnataka State Agricultural Produce Processing and Export Corporation Ltd (KAPPEC) is the co-organiser and International Competence Centre of Organic Agriculture (ICCOA) is the Knowledge Partner of this national event.

The Fair will be inaugurated by Hon’ble Chief Minister of Karnataka, Shri Siddaramaiah in the presence of the Hon’ble Minister for Agriculture (GoI), Shri Radha Mohan Singh, Hon’ble Minister for Agriculture, GoK, Sri Krishna Byre Gowda and other National and State dignitaries.

The Trade fair will be a common platform for networking besides exchanging expertise & knowledge. For Karnataka, it will provide an opportunity to show case its organic wealth, diversity and the overall competence of farmers/farming groups including from different states. Over 10000 visitors across trading community, farmers and general public will converge on this showpiece event.

State Government had brought out separate policy on organic farming during the year 2004. Since then State Agriculture Department is promoting organic farming programs in a big way. Several programs have been initiated to address the issues and paving the way for sustainable food production, improving soil health, conserving natural resources, promoting rural development and mitigating drought condition. ‘Organic Village Program’ was initiated with cluster approach at district level initially, later on extended to taluk level. At present, Hobli level Savayava Bhagya Yojane, a mega program is being implemented throughout the State since 2013-14.

Millets – The Super Food

Millets are small seeded cereals and grains that are indigenous to India and African countries. Millets are considered to have been cultivated in India from pre-historic times. Their importance as food can be realized from the facts that millets are being cultivated in an area of about 30 million acres in India.

Millets require 70% less water than rice. They require no pesticides and minimal chemical fertilizers making them mostly organic and environment friendly. They are low cost crops and can be grown well eve in marginal lands, with low rainfall.

Millets are nutritional powerhouses high in proteins, dietary fiber, B complex vitamins, essential amino acids, folic acid and Vitamin E. They are particularly high in minerals such as Iron, Magnesium, Copper, Phosphorus, Zinc, Calcium and Potassium. The nutritional and health benefits of millets have created a surge in demand for a variety of millets.

Highlights of the Events:

Bengaluru as the Venue: The venue, Palace Ground is strategically located in the centre of the City with good connectivity. Bengaluru is the first city to be established as the main hub for organic agriculture and agri-business. It has the largest number of organic retail chains and is known for attracting buyers and visitors from the organic sector not just from Karnataka but from all over India and the World.

Exhibition: The event will have a hi-quality exhibition with participation from leading companies and State Govts. involved in organic agribusiness. It will accommodate producers exhibiting a wide range of organic products. It will also have Central / State Government pavilions & farmer groups who are in the process of organic certification through third party or PGS, fair trade and sustainability standards. Over 100 exhibitors will showcase their product range through this exhibition.

B2B Meetings: It is an integral part of the Trade Fair wherein many leading domestic buyers (including exporters, wholesalers and retailers) will be meeting the suppliers and farmer groups to negotiate trade and marketing. B2B Meet provides an important linkage with the farmers’ groups and market. It will open the avenue of scopes in domestic markets to the farmers and Indian organic produces.

National Conference: Organics beyond Agriculture and Improving access to Markets” will be held for three days from 28th -30th April 2017.  It will bring in eminent national speakers and delegates. It aims for a unique meeting place for all the organic stakeholders, policy makers, Government and non-government, where discussions, networking and inter-personal meetings will be the focus.

 Farmers’ Workshop: Special workshop sessions in Kannada will be conducted for farmers from Karnataka. Experts on organic production and value-chains will address these sessions. The farmers will reap the benefit of this trade fair by understanding the Organic market trends, demand, certification process, export potential etc.; thus, understand both the technical as well as the commercial aspect of the organic agribusiness.

Organic Awareness programs and Cultural Programs: This component will focus on creating awareness about organic food and its relevance to food safety, health and environment. Special activities will be held for the general public such as Cooking competition for home-makers, demonstration of various ways of cooking Millet’s- the forgotten foods, free consultation on health by dietitians and nutritional experts. Special talk will be arranged by renowned dietitian emphasizing on the role of safe food. The program will be open for general public on 2nd and 3rd day of the event. It aims at establishing connect between ‘Organics’ & ‘Consumers’, which will go a long way in strengthening the domestic markets, thus benefiting the organic farmers of the State.

Millet & Organic Food Court: The Food Court will offer the visitors to taste healthy organic delicacies from across Karnataka on all the three days of the event.

Regional Federations of Organic Farmers Associations

To provide systematic market for organic produce of the State, 14 Regional Federations of organic farmers’ associations have been established in the State. Through Federations it is proposed to take up collection, grading, value addition, processing, packing, brand development, marketing of organic produce, apart from consumer awareness program and other activities. Through organic farmers Federations, it is proposed to eliminate the middlemen in the marketing of organic produces thereby providing remunerative prices to organic farmers’ which would in turn improve the economic conditions of organic farmers due to remunerative price for their produce.

India’s Organic growth- Facts and Figures

Growth of Organic farming is increasing significantly in India and worldwide. This sector has witnessed unprecedented growth, especially in the last 08-10 years.

For example, in India alone area under organic farming with certification has grown fast from only 42,000 ha during 2003-04, to reach 11,00,000 ha by 2016. This came with the combined efforts of organic farmers, market forces and Govt. support (from both Union Govt and many State govts).

Also, the fact is that the markets for organic products are growing faster with the global demand growing at 20-25 % p.a (and India’s markets growing at even 40-50%). The worldwide sales crossed US $ 80 billion and are expected to reach US $ 100 billion by 2017. The trade estimate in India shows that the market for organic products has crossed Rs. 4500 crores (exports at Rs. 3500 crores and domestic markets at Rs. 1000 crores). The market in India will touch Rs. 10000 crores (USD 1.50 billion) by 2020.

Important Crops Grown in India with area

  • Grassland /grazing land                                  2 m ha
  • Arable cultivated                                               3 m ha
  • Cereals & rice                                                     6 m ha
  • Green fodder                                                      2 m ha
  • Oil seeds                                                             5 m ha
  • Protein crops                                                     3 m ha
  • Vegetables                                                         22 m ha
  • Permanent crops                                                6 m ha
  • Coffee                                                                    6 m ha
  • Olives                                                                     5 m ha
  • Grapes and nuts                                                   2 m ha
  • Cocoa                                                                      2 m ha

 

Major State Players (2014-2015)

Rank State Cultivated Area Percentage of total area
1 Madhya Pradesh 397546 >1
2 Maharashtra 134524 >1
3 Rajasthan 107523
4 Odisha 81533 >1
5 Sikkim 76392 99%
6 Uttar Pradesh 53954
7 Karnataka 52473
8 Gujarat 49353
9 Uttarakhand 36880
10 Kerala 22980

 

State wise production in some important states (2014-15)

Rank State Quantity in MT
1 Madhya Pradesh 321963
2 Maharashtra 217322
3 Rajasthan 60116
4 Odisha 28972
5 Sikkim 67.63
6 Uttar Pradesh 50298
7 Karnataka 254760
8 Gujarat 60625
9 Uttarakhand 23714
10 Kerala 9122

Trade Value Export, Domestic & Non-Domestic Food -2014-15 (in Crores)

The markets for organic produces are also expanding along with the area expansion. India’s

organic trade in 2015-16 is touching Rs. 5000 crores, which is only 0.95% of the global

organic trade (Rs. 5,20,000 crores).

India should target to reach at least Rs. 15000 crores by 2020 (USD 2.3 billion out of the

global trade of USD 100 bn)

 

 About Department of Agriculture (Government of Karnataka):

The Department of Agriculture has been created mainly to provide Agricultural Extension services to farmers and to transfer the latest technical knowledge to the farming community, introduction of high yielding varieties, awareness through demonstrations, imparting training to farmers to improve skills & knowledge to boost up the agricultural Production and productivity. It has been promoting organic farming since 2004 and more than one lakh hectares has been brought under certified organic cultivation.

 About ICCOA (International Competence Centre for Organic Agriculture):

ICCOA is a ‘knowledge and learning center’ for all facets of organic agriculture. It is an interface organization for the organic movement & works closely with Central Govt. ICCOA collaborates and networks with individuals, farmer organizations, consumer organizations, voluntary organizations, corporate bodies, research institutions and government departments in India and South Asia. ICCOA is implementing organic farmers cluster projects with 12 State Governments. Internationally ICCOA has collaboration with IFOAM, FiBL and Nurnberg Messe Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Food Processing Industries and APEDA, Ministry of Commerce and Industry.  Today it is a prominent organization working across the entire value chain of organic sector and is a stakeholders’ organization with members across India and abroad. Present in 14 states of India reaching out to over 270 member organizations and 2 lakh farmers directly and indirectly.

Pictures Courtesy – Harsha Praveen

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